AUSTRALIA

Top universities may give credits for MOOCs

In a move that could hasten the acceptance of cheap online degrees, the University of Queensland and the Australian National University are considering giving academic credit for massive open online courses, or MOOCs, writes Tim Dodd for Australian Financial Review.

The two universities, both charter members of United States online course provider edX, are discussing an international alliance with other universities in which each of them will offer credit for MOOCs originating with other group members.

At least four overseas universities have been in discussions about the alliance with the University of Queensland and Australian National University. These are Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology or ETH Zurich, the University of British Columbia in Canada and Boston University in the US.
Full report on the AFR site